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Holgate Brewhouse

A genuine one stop shop for the discerning beer tourist, Holgate's Woodend Brewhouse combines a brewery, public bar, restaurant and hotel under a single roof. Just an hour from Melbourne, in the shadow of the Macedon Ranges, you'll to find a bar lined with site-brewed beers on tap, including some hand-pulled from the cask in traditional British fashion.

The unintended consequence of holidays in England ('93) and the USA ('97) for owners Paul and Natasha Holgate, the business started life in 1999 as an extension of his home brewery while both still worked in the city, but soon demanded a bigger venue. They took over Woodend's former Commercial Hotel/Keatings Hotel and have never looked back, producing an ever-expanding range of beers inspired by classic styles from Europe and the North American micro scene, as well as barrel-aged and other experimental beers.

Visitors can watch beer being made in the brewery, head to the bar for a tasting paddle, including a beer poured through their homemade 'Randall' (a machine that adds a hit of fresh hop flowers to the beer before it reaches your glass), then move to the restaurant for a meal, many of which are cooked with Holgate's beers as a key ingredient. And, if you've had one too many, Natasha will find you a clean, comfortable room upstairs for the night.

Drinkers nationwide can get their hands on the wide range of Holgate beers more readily these days too, following a series of upgrades and expansions in advance of their 15th anniversary in October 2014. Further expansion is planned too with grand plans to extend onto land at the rear of the hotel and build a tasting room and educational centre.

Name
Holgate Brewhouse
Address

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

Phone
Hotel, Bar and Restaurant: (03) 5427 2510 Brewery Sales: (03) 54 273 522
Website
Hours

Mon: 2pm til late (Mon Public Holidays ' midday til late) Tues to Sun: midday til late

Tours

By appointment only

Current Crafty Cabal offers

2-for-1 Tasting Paddles at Holgate Brewhouse

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The Regulars

Holgate Brewhouse Hop Tart

Tapped Fri Jan 29 2016
In 2015, one of the many limited run beers to make its way from Holgate's baby Tank 9 was Hop Tart, a "Semi Sour Pale Ale" in which the brewers played around with souring bacteria Lactobacillus to create lactic acid and, thus, a spot of sourness within a relatively hoppy ale. To achieve their goal, they chose to naturally sour their wort [the sugary liquid produced early in the brewing process after crushed grains are soaked in hot water] by giving it an extended rest in the company of ··· Read more
Style
Semi Sour Pale Ale
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Holgate Brewhouse Norton Lager

Tapped Thu Sep 17 2015
In recent years, Paul Holgate has been embarking on various trips around the world to learn from masters of the beer world so he can bring the knowledge back to Woodend and take his beers to another level. A recent overseas jaunt took him to Germany, where he spent time studying how they made such wonderful, delicate lagers with the intention of adding one to the brewery's core range. Since returning, the brewery's Tank 9 – reserved for small trial batches – has been used to see if what he'd ··· Read more
Style
Helles Lager
Strength
4.3%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

Available widely across Australia on tap and (from October 2015) in bottles

Holgate Brewhouse Hopinator

Brewers who aren't constantly tweaking and seeking to improve their beers are no doubt few and far between. And certainly that's been the case at Holgate Brewhouse in recent times, where they've been revisiting and subtly reinventing a number of their core beers. Among those are the Hopinator, their double IPA, that prior to the release of the Millennium Falcon was the hoppiest in their lineup of pale ales. Over the years, as the recipe has changed, the alcohol content has risen, while the resinous ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
7.5%
Bitterness
80 IBU

Holgate Road Trip IPA (2011)

Holgate's hoppy, hoppy Road Trip, the IPA inspired by a trip through the Pacific Northwest of the States, debuted as a draught only release in 2010 before returning in the same format a year later. It's a beer that, in a first for the brewery, had hops added from the very first moment to the last: hops went into the mash tun, followed by multiple further additions throughout the boil and more during fermentation. If you know your US hops, think of any beginning with C and chances are they're in ··· Read more
Style
US Style IPA
Strength
5.5%

Holgate Pilsner (new recipe)

While a big seller for the brewery, Holgate's original Pilsner was always our least favourite of their range. And before anyone thinks we're being out of order saying this publicly, we'd told the brewers how we felt in the past. So we were delighted to hear rumours that they were revisiting the recipe with the intention of creating a more true-to-style German pilsner, using imported Bavarian pilsner malt and increasing the alcohol content. Right from the off the signs are promising, with the sweet ··· Read more
Style
German Pilsner
Strength
5.1%

Pilsner – RETIRED

A true European style lager that uses a bucketload of Czech Saaz hops but is brewed to the Dortmunder style, it's a light straw-coloured beer with a clean malt palate and a grassy / floral hop aroma and dry bitter finish. A crisp, refreshing beer for thirst-quenching on hot day, the brewers recommend pairing it with seafood or rich dishes such as deep fried fish or pizza. ··· Read more
Style
German Pilsner
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Holgate Temptress

At a beer masterclass many moons ago at which Holgate's beers were paired with different food samples, this chocolate porter was served last with some rich chocolate desserts. It drew gasps. "How could a beer have so much chocolate flavour and still taste like beer?" asked the guests. With the addition of plenty of Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans to the boil was the answer. Originally introduced as a one-off, the Temptress proved so popular and picked up so many awards that it became ··· Read more
Style
Chocolate Porter
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
35 IBU

ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

Anyone who's ever enjoyed a quality ale at a good British pub will be transported back there by Holgate's ESB, a fine recreation of a traditional English ESB. Deservedly shortlisted for Best Victorian Beer at the 2010 Australian International Beer Awards, it's a malt-driven beer rich with layers of caramel, toffee and biscuit, backed up by a firm hop bitterness derived from a generous addition of English Fuggles and Golding hops. A longstanding member of the Holgate lineup since the early days and ··· Read more
Style
Extra Special Bitter
Strength
5%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Mt Macedon Ale

Named after nearby Mt Macedon, this was one of the first Holgate beers to hit the market. Back in the early days, use of Vienna malts meant it poured a deep honey colour and had a delicate caramel malt flavour finished with a piney, resinous hops from the US Pacific North West. Over the years, the beer as been refined and reworked into what it is today: a paler beer that still showcases New World hops but does so within a leaner and drier body than before. A fine Australian session pale that sits ··· Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU

The Specials

Holgate Brewhouse Beelzebub's Jewels 2016

Tapped Thu Jul 28 2016
If memory serves, the first Beelzebub's Jewels was also Holgate's first foray into barrels. Then it was very much an experimental "let's see what happens if..." kind of affair. The brewers took their Double Trouble Belgian style ale, popped it into Curly Flat wine barrels and looked to raise its booze levels well above the starting point of 8 percent ABV. It worked out well enough that the following year they designed a brand new base beer and increased the number of barrels. Since then, ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad
Strength
12.0%
Stockists

Other stockists TBC

Holgate Brewhouse Barrel-Aged Stout 2015

Tapped Thu Jul 28 2016
Given how many different beers they've released in their 17 years – straightforward lagers, English and American style ales, Belgians big and small, sours and more – it's quite something that Holgate Brewhouse reached this point without a stout to its name. Perhaps when you've got a porter in your arsenal that has been loved the country over for years on end, there's no real need. And, perhaps, when you do decide it's time, you feel it should be done with a bang. Certainly, there's been no holding ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
Strength
8.8%

Holgate Brewhouse Wild Red Ale

Tapped Fri Apr 22 2016
At March's Good Beer Week Gala Showcase, a brewer who's never shy with his opinions approached with what can only be described as the zeal of a zealot – yes, that much zeal. "Have you tried the Flanders Red yet?" he demanded. "The Boatrocker one? Yeah, it's good but pretty straight up and down compared to some of the beers they've done." "No! Holgate. They've got a few bottles under their bar. It's probably the best Australian beer I've had in a year." Seventeen seconds ··· Read more
Style
Flanders Red Style Ale
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Newstead Brewing

Brewski

And select good beer outlets in VIC, NSW & QLD

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Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9: Saison & Alpha Crucis IPA

Tapped Thu Feb 4 2016
Poor Tank 9. It's the smallest of all the tanks at Holgate's brewery yet it seems to take a terrible pounding as the home of their experimental releases. Then again, maybe it's the happiest tank in the land, eagerly waiting to see what variety of sugary, hoppy wort will next fill it from the boots up, ready to be feasted on by happily munching, multiplying and farting yeast. If only tanks could talk, hey? The two latest beers to have undergone gestation within the stubbornly mute cylinder of stainless ··· Read more
Style
Saison & Aussie IPA
Strength
6.5% & 5.1%
Bitterness
25 IBU & 50 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Others TBC

Holgate & Mt Macedon Hotel Candy Mountain IPA

Tapped Thu Dec 17 2015
The Mt Macedon Hotel is one of the growing number of places bringing great beer to people outside Australia's craft beer heartlands. It's a beautiful pub in the Victorian countryside that has a quite staggering array of beer on tap and in bottles. One of its earliest supporters when it was changing to better beer was nearby Holgate Brewhouse and now they've got together to make a beer in the brewery's experimental baby Tank 9 (pictured). According to brewer Nic: "Like kids in a candy shop [the ··· Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
Strength
5.2%
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9 Brew Loose 2 & 3: Unflemished Belgian IPA & How Now American Brown

Tapped Wed Nov 25 2015
Holgate's brewers were cut loose recently and invited to brew whatever their heart's desired within the brewery's baby Tank 9. You can read more about the concept in our write up for beer #1 in the series here. Beers #2 and #3 are now out too; indeed, they're being showcased all together at a couple of events. So time to complete the trilogy. The second is the Unflemished Belgian IPA comes from Josh, who says: "Given the brewery's love for Belgian styles and IPAs, I deemed it appropriate to ··· Read more
Style
Belgian IPA & American Brown
Strength
6.8% & 4.5%
Bitterness
75 IBU & 35 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Cambrian, Bendigo

And some to QLD & NSW

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Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9 Brew Loose #1: Tyger Tyger

Tapped Wed Nov 18 2015
Ever since filling every other nook and cranny in the brewery with much bigger tanks, the Holgate Brewhouse team has been using the last remaining baby, Tank 9, as the place for trial and experimental brews. And, as an early Christmas present to his brewers, owner Paul invited the four of them to create whatever they wanted inside it as a break from brewing, mostly, Holgate's core range. Rather than go nuts and concoct a series of big, crazy beers they kept things pretty restrained. First up was ··· Read more
Style
English IPA
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Bent Elbow, QLD

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Flux, QLD

Village Bicycle, QLD

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Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9: Crosby Idaho Experimental #4

Tapped Wed Oct 14 2015
Now isn't that a name that rolls off the tongue: Crosby Idaho Experimental #4. It's the sort of name Aphex Twin would give to a track featuring his mother singing lullabies, her voice mangled through a handful of homemade vocoders then merged with the sound of a pneumatic drill pounding the deep end of an abandoned swimming pool recorded on an old spy microphone from inside a bird hide. Remarkably, however, it isn't that. It's the latest small batch, draught only beer from Holgate. The reason for ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Taps, The Valley, QLD

Brewski, QLD

Stables, QLD

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Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon 2015

Tapped Mon May 4 2015
To mark Star Wars Day, Holgate Brewhouse has brought its Millennium Falcon back for another burst of its hopperdrive. The beer started as one of the most punny beers you could ever wish to find; it was the Woodend brewery's 1000th brew and featured Millennium, Falconer's Flight and Galaxy hops. The beer was given even more hops last year for its second tour and has been boosted once more this time around. What was already a 10 percent "Emprial IPA" has been nudged up to 10.5 percent ABV ··· Read more
Style
"Emperial" IPA
Strength
10.5%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Others TBC

Keg and bottle

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Holgate Brewhouse & Frankie's Bull in the Big Smoke

Tapped Mon Apr 20 2015
A wet hop beer, an IPA and a collaboration all in the one beer: it's a veritable beer trend extravaganza! Bull in the Big Smoke sees one of the elder statesmen of the Australian craft beer world, Woodend's 15 years-and-counting Holgate Brewhouse, join forces with one of the liveliest new recruits to the craft beer-pouring world, Sydney's raucous rabbit hole of a venue Frankie's Pizza. At the heart of their joint effort are hops, fresh hops plucked from the recent Aussie harvest and rushed into hot, ··· Read more
Style
Wet Hop IPA
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

Frankie's Pizza

Holgate Brewhouse

Others TBC

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Holgate Brewhouse / Mountain Goat White Tail

Tapped Fri Mar 20 2015
Aside from Grand Ridge, Mountain Goat and Holgate Brewhouse are the longest established Victorian microbreweries. The former turns 18 later this year, while Holgate is well into its 16th year. And now the combined 30-odd-year-olds have joined forces for their first collaboration, a collaboration based around their first beers. Goat's first beer was the Hightail, while Holgate launched with an ESB and White Ale, the latter based on Hoegaarden. And, as the name suggests, it is the Dutch-inspired brew ··· Read more
Style
Belgian English Amber Ale
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Mountain Goat Brewery

Others TBC

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Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9 Series: Helles

Tapped Tue Feb 10 2015
One of the questions we ask in our semi-regular Brew & A features with Aussie brewers (only semi-regular as they're all too bloody busy to respond...) is what beer would they choose if they were stranded on a desert island for the rest of their days. When compiling the questions years ago, we tried them out ourselves and, while temptation might have been there to go for something "on trend" (probably double IPAs back then) it was hard to see past a good Munich helles: the lagers that ··· Read more
Style
Munich Helles
Strength
3.9%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

A handful of venues in Hobart, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane

Holgate Brewhouse Tank 9 Series: Saison Du Barry

Tapped Mon Feb 9 2015
Saison: the archetypal farmhouse beer style. Barry: the archetypal Aussie farmer (well, at least according to the brewers at Holgate). As part of its prolific Tank 9 Series of releases, which started in 2014 and make use of the brewery's smallest remaining fermenter, Holgate have produced their first saison that takes inspiration for its name from the classic Belgian beer, Saison Dupont, and gives it an Aussie makeover. Designed to provide some spritzy summer quaffing, the cloudy yellow offers up ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

A handful of venues in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Hobart

Holgate Brewhouse GateKeeper

Tapped Mon Jan 5 2015
There's no stopping them at Holgate these days, it seems. Founder Paul has been jetting around the world absorbing all he can on the science side of brewing and is investing in the lab side of his Woodend brewery, they've added more taps to their brewpub bar and are producing all manner of new small batch and experimental beers. One of the latest additions to the small batch lineup is the GateKeeper, the brewery's stab at an increasingly popular style among microbreweries on these shores: the full-flavoured ··· Read more
Style
Midstrength
Strength
3.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Holgate Brewhouse Hop Tart

Tapped Wed Dec 31 2014
If ever you were after proof that you an teach an old bull new tricks look no further than Holgate Brewhouse. Now in its 16th year as a brewery, it has grand plans for further expansion and continues to explore new avenues with its beers while improving its old ones. In the former category beer wise is a delve into the world of sour and farmhouse beers. On a trip to the USA last year, brewery founder Paul Holgate called in to Russian River to learn from the best on how to manage regular and sour ··· Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse bar

Other Melbourne venues TBC

Holgate Brewhouse Gate Series: Californian IPA & TOPAZ Single Hop IPA

Tapped Thu Nov 27 2014
It looks like Holgate is embarking on its own take on the soft porn smash of the decade, substituting 50 Shades of Grey for 50 Shades of Hops. OK, so maybe it's not quite 50 but with the release of this Californian IPA – the first release to bear their new "Gate Series" tag – and the "Tank 9" single hop TOPAZ IPA they've got quite the progression of hoppy beers now, from the Mt Macedon Ale through Road Trip IPA to these two new IPAs, the Hopinator Double IPA and, once a year, ··· Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
Strength
7.0%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Two Row

Cambrian Hotel, Bendigo

Craft Wine Store

Tomahawk Bar

Black Bunny Kitchen

Blind Bear

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Holgate Brewhouse 15th Anniversary White Ale & Big Stein

Tapped Sun Oct 12 2014
If one thing was clear from the chat we have with Paul and Natasha Holgate when preparing a write up on their recent 15th anniversary was that they've never really done things the easy way but, instead, what they believed was the right way. Their first two releases back in 1999 showed that they'd do what they wanted, with Paul opting to announce Holgate with the Old Pale Ale (now the ESB) and a white ale inspired by Hoegaarden. While the ESB lives on year round, the White Ale has become a lesser ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Witbier / Marzen
Strength
6.0% / 4.5%
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate stockists nationwide

Holgate Brewhouse Double Trouble (500ml)

Tapped Mon May 12 2014
You don't see a huge number of Belgian Dubbels been brewed around Australia. Thankfully, generally when you do they are rather tasty. There's Little Brewing's deeply complex Mad Abbot version, Hargreaves' occasional AD (new batch available at the cellar door right now) and a handful of one-offs, while Bright has long had its Fainters Dubbel, recently reworked by head brewer Jon Seltin who, in a conversation last week, declared a barrel-aged version of said beer that is due for a very limited release ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Style Dubbel
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

On tap at Holgate

Nationwide at good beer stockists

Holgate Brewhouse Millennium Falcon 2014

Tapped Sun Mar 9 2014
The beer originally created for Holgate's 1,000th brew is back. The Star Wars-inspired Millennium Falcon is the brewery's hoppiest beer, sitting atop a hierarchy of pale ales that starts with their Mt Macedon Ale and continues through the Road Trip IPA and Hopinator to this Imperial (or Empirial) IPA. Continuing the Star Wars theme throughout the beer, it features Millennium, Falconer's Flight and Galaxy hops. Plenty of them too, with the beer registering 10 percent ABV and 100 IBU (a measure of ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
10%

Holgate Black Forest Summer Porter

Tapped Thu Dec 12 2013
Holgate's Temptress, its cocoa and vanilla porter, has been one of the most surprising and enduring success stories of the rise of Australian craft beer. An instant hit upon launch a few years back, its lusciousness has continued to win over drinkers and diners ever since. It is, however, perhaps not the first beer you'd reach for when the mercury heads above 30C so the brewers decided to create a summery version instead to tide you all over. Named in honour of the gateway to Woodend, the Black Forest, ··· Read more
Style
Fruit Porter
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Holgate

Harts Pub

Forrest Lodge Hotel

Union Hotel Newtown

Quarrymans

Grain Store

Old Growler

Porters Balgowlah

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Holgate The Little Heifer

Tapped Tue Oct 8 2013
With the last drops of their dunkelweizen, Brick Kiln, drained from the Brewhouse bar, Holgate has lined up a new, more seasonally suited, wheat beer. It is, as far as we're aware, their first hefeweizen (southern German style wheat beer) and, after much discussion over potential names - Banana Snuggler (don't ask), Island Farm Hefe - they decided it would be christened The Little Heifer. Brewed partly to appease a Bavarian regular at their pub, it follows "classic wheat beer lines, but with ··· Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
13 IBU
Stockists

Draught only

Holgate

Junction Beer Hall

And other fine establishments to follow

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Holgate Nut Brown Ale (500ml)

Tapped Wed Jul 31 2013
The beer that Paul Holgate created to mark the brewery's 10th anniversary was one dusted down from the pages of his old home brewing recipe book. It's been released ever since as a winter seasonal, tweaked along the way too. It's back to warm the cockles during the colder months once more, it being a reimagining of the Northern English style that's loaded up with lashings of Australian macadamia nuts and hearty English malts to create a brew that the brewers like to claim "smokes a pipe and ··· Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
10 IBU
Stockists

Holgate

And good craft beer bottleshops across Australia

Holgate Brick Kiln Dark Wheat

Tapped Wed Jun 19 2013
A winter beer that's not an Imperial Stout - who'd have thunk it? At least that's how it feels this week, with Holgate's annual release of its dunkelweizen coming in the midst of a wave of big, black beasts. A beer named in homage to Brick Kiln Road in Holgate's hometown of Woodend, which was where founders Paul and Natasha had the inspiration to open a brewery while out rambling, it's one inspired by the dark wheats of Bavaria. It pours such a deep brown that the punch of the candy bananas on the ··· Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

At good bottleshops and beer bars across Australia.

Holgate Beelzebub's Jewels 2013

Tapped Fri Jun 7 2013
The team at Holgate Brewhouse releases plenty of beers year round that require careful nurturing and nudge at the boundaries of what beer can be. But there's nothing in their roster quite like the Beelzebub's Jewels. First released in 2010, when it was based on their Double Trouble - given a boost inside some Curly Flats pinot noir barrels - it's since been enhanced, starting from a brand new recipe in 2011, with refinements and lengthier periods in barrels ever since. The changes were obviously ··· Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Belgian Strong Ale
Strength
12.5%
Stockists

Holgate

Draft

The Park Hotel

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

The Scratch

Tippler's Tap

Archive, West End

Botttles

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Holgate / Ní¸gne í? Half A World Away

Tapped Thu Apr 11 2013
Anyone else suspect the team at Ní¸gne í? is after Aussie citizenship? Perhaps they've grown tired of the endless winters and fancy a life in the sun. Either way, they seem to be gifting us an endless supply of collaborative beers, which to date already includes the India Saison, Aurora Borealis, Our Dark Secret and now this, with a collab with Moon Dog and another with Bridge Road already in tank (and barrel and fish bowl or whatever else they can find to use). This is the beer that came about ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
Strength
9.0%
Bitterness
50IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Holgate

Others coming soon...

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Holgate Millennium Falcon

Tapped Fri Mar 1 2013
There has been no holding back for the 1000th brew by Victoria's Holgate Brewhouse. Taking the millennium as the starting point, they spun a Star Wars-inspired tale and followed it through to the nth degree by throwing as many references as possible into the beer. It features Millennium, Falconer's Flight and Galaxy hops, is subtitled an "Empirial IPA" and was launched at the Village Brasserie with the entire brewery crew dressed as Star Wars characters, including a rather dashing Hans ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
10%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Tap

Holgate

Village Brasserie, Melbourne

Archive, Brisbane

Others tbc

Bottles in all good bottleshops

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Holgate Bruges Bombshell

Tapped Mon Jan 30 2012
A beer that was originally going to be called the Clock Tower, until in the week it went into tank the brewers at Holgate noticed that True South was releasing an IPA with the same name. So back to the drawing board it was and up came the Bruges Bombshell. Why? Well, because it's a bolshy Belgian style ale and Bruges is in Belgium, where head brewer Paul Holgate had just been on holiday and... you get the message. So what of the beer? Well, we're told it's "full flavoured but easy drinking with ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Golden Ale
Strength
6.0%

Holgate White Ale

Tapped Mon Oct 24 2011
Back in time for the warmer weather is Holgate's take on the Belgian witbier style, this time with a new recipe. Following in the footsteps of tweaks to many of their beers, from the Hopinator to the Pilsner, the White Ale returned late in 2011 with a different yeast strain, one that seems to have boosted its "wit-iness". A beer that was previously drier, with hints of coriander and citrus characters, now has more of both, particularly on the citrus front (thanks to the addition of oranges ··· Read more
Style
Witbier
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Holgate

More to follow...

Holgate UXB (2011)

Tapped Fri Aug 26 2011
When it's at its best, Holgate's ESB is one of few Aussie beers that can transport the drinker 11,000 miles to a pub in the UK without leaving their seat. And this, the UXB - or unexploded bomb - to give it its full name, is the ESB but bigger; 60% bigger to be precise, with the malt bill and hops boosted by that amount. This is only its second appearance, after it graced a few taps to acclaim around about the same time last year. As you'd expect, the result is a thicker-bodied beer, smooth and full ··· Read more
Style
Extra Special Bitter
Strength
6%

Holgate Nut Brown Ale (2011)

Tapped Thu Aug 25 2011
The beer that Paul Holgate created to mark the brewery's 10th anniversary is back to warm the cockles during the colder months once more. Notable in that, rather than concoct something wild and crazy to mark the occasion he chose a style he loved and wanted to see more of Down Under, it's a beer that features roasted macadamia nuts added to the boil. A blend of six malts mean there's plenty of rich, dark chocolate, toasty and nutty flavours to play with and, in this year's, a drier, less sweet, finish ··· Read more
Style
Nut Brown Ale
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

The Deanery, Melbourne

Albion Hotel, Newcastle

Atticus Finch

Cookie

Courthouse Hotel

Josie Bones

[Great Northern](/beer/bar/great-northern

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Holgate Empress (bottled)

Tapped Wed Jun 1 2011
A beer that one punter told Crafty he'd like to take to bed, the Empress really is as sensual an experience as beer gets. Taking the brewery's Temptress as the start point – same malt bill and bitterness, same use of Dutch cocoa and vanilla beans – this originally took a journey to lands anew for the first Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular in February. As well as making it into an Imperial Mocha Porter (10 percent ABV to the Temptress' 6), the brewers were keen to give it an Aussie twist so ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Mocha Porter
Strength
10%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Holgate (including the last keg)

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Josie Bones

[Blackhearts & Sparrows](/beer/bottles

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Holgate Beelzebub's Jewels 2011

Tapped Sun May 1 2011
The second appearance for what is to be the Woodend brewery's annual Easter release, this year's Devil's Whatsits is a different beast to last year insofar as rather than basing it on an existing Holgate beer, it's a whole new recipe, one that includes masses of candi sugar as the brewers set about creating a Belgian-style Quadrupel. At 12%, it's designed to age. And at $60-plus a bottle, it's designed to be a special occasion beer too. But what of it now - just released from the brewery, where it ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Quadrupel
Strength
12.0%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Holgate

[Smith Street Cellars](/beer/bottleshop/smith-street

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Holgate White Ale

Tapped Wed Dec 15 2010
Without wishing to be too old-fashioned, chauvinistic and all-round Ocker about it, a Holgate brewer did suggest to Crafty that, of their two summer seasonals - the other being the mash-hopped Road Trip IPA - this was the one "for the ladies". The latest version of their Belgian witbier-inspired White Ale comes with the addition of coriander and whole Valencia oranges into the boil to give a little citrus and spice boost to the fruity esters already gained from the yeast. It's on tap at ··· Read more
Style
Witbier
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
16IBU
Stockists

Holgate

Holgate Double Trouble

Tapped Mon Oct 18 2010
Another of Holgate's beers to have undergone something of a tweak for 2010 (see the Mount Macedon and Hopinator for other examples), the new Double Trouble is causing trouble at the brewery - the brewers can't stop drinking it... A Belgian Abbey style Dubbel, it's all about richness of flavour: intense dark fruit, toffee and dark rum characteristics that make it a good match for sweet desserts or cheese platters. Paul Holgate says to look out for the October 2010 date on bottles if you're after this ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel
Strength
8.0%
Bitterness
38 IBU
Stockists

Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate Road Trip IPA

Tapped Fri Sep 17 2010
We're beginning to suspect there's something in the Woodend water at the minute. Holgate's original Mount Macedon Ale has discovered a punchier new hop character, the Hopinator's reacted in kind and their seasonals are flying out the door like there's no tomorrow. With this year's final batch of Brick Kiln Dark Wheat Beer still conditioning, it's time for Spring and the arrival of the Road Trip IPA. Inspired by Paul Holgate and family's holiday in Pacific Northwest USA last year, it's a hop lover's ··· Read more
Style
American IPA (India Pale Ale)
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Holgate Ladyboy

Tapped Fri Sep 3 2010
Anyone who's met Paul Holgate and his team of brewers will know they're a swarthy lot: real men with testosterone literally teeming from their pores. However, they are known to like a ladyboy or two. "What?" you say. Well, for the past year or so, they've been offering them over the bar at their Woodend brewhouse, the Ladyboy being a Black & Tan style mix of their cocoa and vanilla bean Temptress (the lady) and roast macadamia-laden Nut Brown Ale (the boy). For a limited time only, ··· Read more
Style
Black & Tan
Strength
approx 6.2%

Holgate Nut Brown Ale

Tapped Thu Aug 26 2010
When choosing a tenth anniversary beer in 2009, Paul Holgate eschewed the idea of creating something extreme in favour of a style he'd enjoyed making in his home brewing days. The resultant Nut Brown Ale, made with roasted macadamia nuts added to the boil was an instant winner. A blend of six different malts lent it multi-layered rich, dark roasted flavours with a touch of caramel sweetness, lifted by the nut addition and rounded off with a short hop finish. Originally a one-off, it's now scheduled ··· Read more
Style
Northern English Brown Ale
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
19 IBU
Stockists

Grumpy's Green

Biero

Holgate Brewhouse

Oscar's Alehouse

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Holgate Brick Kiln Wheat Beer

Tapped Thu May 20 2010
A hearty winter special, this is a dark wheat beer (dunkel weizen) inspired by the Bavarian version and made with imported German malts and a special wheat beer yeast strain that gives it prominent banana and clove aromas. Pouring a hazy apricot orange, it boasts a clean palate and gently bitter finish. ··· Read more
Style
Dunkel weizen
Strength
5%
Bitterness
16 IBU

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